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MUSIC FOR PIANO AND DRUMS

Moraz & Bruford

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.28 | 31 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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1 stars The title says it all

Any major Yes fan like myself will initially find a project like this one at least somewhat intriguing. After all we have here two previous members of that band, though never at the same time. Bill Bruford had moved on to other things by the time Patrick Moraz joined Yes. The present collaboration between the two Yes-men has however musically nothing whatsoever to do with the music they did with Yes. Instead this is a jazzy and classical affair performed on grand piano and drums only.

Moraz and Bruford of course has a mutual interest in jazzier things which is probably what brought the two together, but even the Jazz side of their respective careers is better explored elsewhere such as on Burford's late 70's Jazz- Rock/Fusion albums with Allan Holdsworth, Jeff Berlin, and Dave Stewart, and some of Moraz' solo albums. Anyone looking for something similar to these will be sorely disappointed.

Music For Piano And Drums is a rather bland and monotonous recording devoid of any Prog excitement. Comparing this to the duo's second album Flags, one notices that the latter has a larger variety in instrumentation with Moraz adding some tasty synthesizers to at least a few tracks. Flags is hardly an essential album but it is the better of the two albums and the place to start with Moraz & Bruford. With the greatest respect for the people involved, Music For Piano And Drums is really only recommended to completionists.

SouthSideoftheSky | 1/5 |

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